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Beyond Good And Bad Brainwaves: A New Understanding Of Rewards And Inhibits
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Futurehealth WinterBrain Plenary presentation by Sue Othmer A simple model of rewarding good (beta/SMR) brainwaves and inhibiting bad (theta) brainwaves no longer predicts or explains the clinical results we find with new neurofeedback training approaches.
  • neurofeedback
  • bipolar disorder
  • synchrony
  • mechanisms

Our understanding of the neurofeedback process has evolved with a new appreciation of the different roles of reward and inhibit bands in exercising control mechanisms versus detecting out-of-control activity in the EEG. We are also led to a consideration of the relationship of bipolar training to phase and synchrony measurements, and its impact on stability of brain function.

Improving clinical outcomes with new neurofeedback training approaches have forced us to reconsider what we are asking the brain to do. A simple model of rewarding good (beta/SMR) brainwaves and inhibiting bad (theta) brainwaves does not predict or explain the benefits of rewarding frequencies from zero to thirty Hertz in different individuals, or the general benefit of rewarding and inhibiting overlapping frequency bands.

In this presentation we will consider the different roles of reward and inhibit bands in exercising control mechanisms versus detecting out-of-control activity in the EEG. We will discuss the relationship of bipolar training to phase and synchrony measurements, and its impact on stability of brain function. Finally we will consider the use of EEG and QEEG in assessment versus training. What can we learn from EEG assessments and are we really trying to fix the brainwaves?

 


Author: Sue Othmer

Sue Othmer is Clinical Director of the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, California. She has been involved in clinical research and the development of EEG biofeedback protocols since 1988. She teaches professional training courses in EEG biofeedback, and presents clinical research findings in professional forums.

Other Products by Sue Othmer

1) Reward And Inhibit Strategies: Recent Advances in Theory and Practice
2) More Effective Neurofeedback with Very High-Arousal Clients: Going Below 0-3 Hz
3) Neurofeedback with Young Children
4) EEG Training for Pain Syndromes: Theory & Practice
5) Interhemispheric EEG Training: Discussion and Demonstration
6) Neurofeedback for the Bipolar Child

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